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Mississippians worry about Ebola outbreak

Reported by: Jessica Albert
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Updated: 8/01 10:40 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- People all over North Mississippi are talking about Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

"It's a sad situation that there's so many affected," Dorothy Allen said.

With some of those Ebola patients headed to the U.S. for treatment, people in North Mississippi are worried they could get it.

"It is scary," Allen said.

With fear heavy on their minds, many wonder what hospitals in the area plan to do if a case of Ebola makes its way to the area.

"For local people and Mississippi especially, Ebola is not a concern," Paul Byers with the Mississippi Department of Health said.

Even though Mississippi doctors aren't worried right now, they still keep their eyes peeled.

"The unexpected is always to be expected and we have to be prepared," North Mississippi Medical Center Infections Disease Specialist Malinda Prewitt said.

The North Mississippi Medical Center has a plan if Ebola comes to the area.

They already have an infection control committee that monitors patients.

The most important part of disease detection for them is to determine a patients' travel history.

After that, they monitor symptoms and follow guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control.

"You have to be prepared to act and do what's necessary to take care of your patients and the population," Prewitt said.
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